August 05, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1857
#2 in series
Joy: The Elusive Fruit
Last week, we kicked off this series about the fruit of the Spirit with some basics. We talked about the realities of the Christian life and the role of the Holy Spirit in living the life of Christ through us. We also defined the Greek words for “love” and examined what it looks like to love God and love our neighbor.
For further study, this series is available on the Sherwood app or online at sherwoodbaptist.net/bookstore/products/kingdom-atitudes-series/670/.
“Joy as Spirit-induced fruit is an instructive and thought-provoking analogy. It takes me, diligence, patience and hard work to make an apple tree productive. Fruit is not instantaneous! It is a victory over weather, bugs, weeds, poor soil, and neglect. If the Spirit’s indwelling presence guaranteed the presence of joy, every believer would be rejoicing all the time. We’re not. Joy as a way of living is a hard-won victory over entrenched attitudes of apathy, pessimism, doubt, unbelief, and despair.” - Joseph C. Aldrich
I. THE JOY ROBBERS
“Joy is like a well containing sweet water. It’s not enough to know the water is there, it’s not enough to even dig a well down to the water. The usefulness of the water is when it comes up and it’s used in somebody’s life.” - Charles Lowery
II. OBSERVATIONS OF JOY
The Bible uses a number of words to express joy.
- Sinchah (1 Samuel 18:6): means bright and shining, a glad and joyful disposition
- Masos (Acts 3): means to leap or jump, the man healed at the temple jumped with joy
- Rinnah (ranan, Psalm 126:6): conveys the idea of exuberant expressions with a particular reference to shouting over God’s saving work
- Gil (Psalm 13:5): the root means to move around in a circle, joy as God’s ongoing works or attributes, joy can’t stand still
- Agalliao: loud, public expressions of joy in worship with focused attention on God’s work in the believer
- Euphraino: emphasizes the community of joy, an atmosphere created when God’s people gather to celebrate and feast, sharing and growing together brings joy
- Charis: the word for grace also means delightful, chara is the primary word used for joy in the New Testament
The Church is to:
Be a __ in a world of sorrow
__ with joy
__ with joy
III. THE GOD WHO PROMISES JOY
“I am convinced as true religion or holiness cannot be without cheerfulness, so steady cheerfulness, on the other hand, cannot be without holiness or true religion. And I am equally convinced that true religion has nothing sour, austere, unsociable, unfriendly in it, but, on the contrary, implies the most winning sweetness, the most amiable softness and gentleness.” - John Wesley
God promises joy, in the midst of difficulties. We all face problems on one level or another. Life is tough. Sometimes it’s not fair, but God is always good.